Hooray for the return of sweater weather! Is anyone else obsessed with snuggly sweatshirts that feel like your comfies (or slobs as I like to call them)? Despite being the kind of garment you can spend all day wearing while binging a whole series on Netflix, drinking tea and eating donuts (pretty much my weekends), they are also so damn cool. They give girly outfits a modern edge, make pair of jeans somewhat edgier, and pair beautifully with a midi skirt and heels - who knew?
So now it’s onto the reason we’re here. My DPL belted sweater. ‘What’s that’ you say? Well, I’m gonna explain it all AND make a case for why we all need a special sweatshirt in our wardrobes.
The DPL Belted Sweater
If you haven’t seen this pattern before, definitely check out the hashtag. When makers in this sweater popped up on my feed I just had to check it out. The Belted Sweater is by the Digital Pattern Library with details that are jaw droppingly good, and actually pretty simple to sew. So let’s nosy at those gorge details.
The pattern is packed full of design details that make it perfection. The curved, dipped hem gives such a nice shape, particularly from the side. Oh, and it’s bum-covering. Nice! The main star of the super-sweater show is the ties. Oh the ties. They are super long and you can tie them round the front or back depending on your mood.
The extra-long sleeves mean cold hands are a thing of the past and they have a simple pleat detail that I want to put on all my sweaters. It also gives you an amazing amount of volume in the sleeve (I am all about the puff). I am in love with with these sleeves.
As I said, from a sewing perspective it was simples! The instructions were clear and easy to follow - but do take note of the fabric requirements. I used a piece of fabric from my stash and didn’t quite have enough but went ahead with it anyway. I had to piece the super long ties together, but I don’t feel it detracts from the final look. I cannot remember exactly where I got the lovely fabric I used from - doh! But it’s a snuggly fleece-backed sweatshirting and I love it.
The pattern comes in UK sizes 6-26 and is described as ‘easy’ which I definitely agree with. I will definitely making more and it’s also on Jenny’s to-make list.